Bonded and Genuine Leather: What’s the Difference?
During the course of a conversation with our customer service center at Concordia Publishing House a person asked, “Can you ask Pastor McCain to post something on his blog about the difference between bonded leather and genuine leather?” Here you go. Bonded leather is manufactured from leather fibers scrapped from animal hides during the leather making process. These fibers are then formed into a sheet of leather-like materials using glues and bonding techniques. The result is a material that looks, smells and feels like a piece of leather, but is in fact, bonded leather fibers. It is less expensive than genuine leather and often people prefer it because it provides a leather-like experience for the book-buyer and user, but does not cost as much as real, genuine leather. It is not as strong as real leather and won’t last as long as genuine leather. Genuine leather is what the name states: genuine animal skin. The leather used on the genuine leather editions of The Lutheran Study Bible is pigskin, an extremely durable and strong leather, more so than cowhide. The bonded leather editions of The Lutheran Study Bible is made from cowhide fibers. Hope this helps!